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Archive: May 2007
5/21/2007 11:25:33 AM
Composition Blues

When you are teaching your teen how to write, remember this quote by Gene Fowler:

“Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”  Isn’t that encouraging? J  Seriously though, remember that writing is a tough task so be patient and cheer your teen on with words of support.  We’ve provided you with some writing curriculum suggestions as well as online class opportunities. (scroll down to the writing section).

5/21/2007 11:09:09 AM
Recording High School Credits Taken in 8th Grade

 If your 8th grader takes a few high school level courses, you may show these courses and credits on his high school transcript.  Keep in mind that only high school level courses should be listed on the transcript not all 8th grade courses.  HSLDA members may contact us for a sample transcript showing high school credits earned in the 8th grade.

5/16/2007 12:58:56 PM
College Campus Visit Travel Deal

For parents who will be visiting college campuses with your child as you are involved in the “college search,” Amtrak is offering a special. Wherever Amtrak trains run, one parent of each prospective college student can ride free when traveling together to check out colleges and universities. To qualify, go to You must book your tickets in advance.

5/16/2007 12:36:05 PM
Free Internet Computer Tutorials

Internet4Classrooms  is a website offering free tutorials for many computer applications including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint among others.  If you are looking for help in teaching your high schooler computer skills, then this would be a great tool to use.

5/2/2007 1:07:24 PM
SAT sample essays

As you may know, the SAT test includes a section in which students must write an essay.  You may view sample essays receiving both high and low scores.  The College Board website also provides information regarding how the essays are scored and tips for writing high-scoring essays 

5/2/2007 12:53:45 PM
Walking Through the College Admission Process

If you would like a guidebook to use as you function as a guidance counselor for your homeschool teen, Walking Through the College Admission Process by Rick Horne is a helpful book.  It includes  worksheets and leads you step by step through the entire process from choosing a college to assessing motives and readiness for college.  Written specifically for private Christian school students, but homeschool parents and teens will find the information extremely helpful.